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Facing 30 : women talk about constructing a real life and other scary rites of passage
Dockett, Lauren.
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Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, [1998]

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163 pages ; 23 cm
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BF710 .D6 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Turning thirty is a milestone: people tease you that your youth is over, it's time to settle down and prepare for middle age. Today, when women are often single and childless at 30, there can be real fear beneath the joking. Two women in their thirties decided to explore these feelings. They have interviewed many of their peers, as well as older women. Along with these wry and enlightening interviews, they share a wealth of research into a fascinating period of transition.

Author Notes

Kristen Beck and Lauren Dockett are freelance writers with backgrounds in social work. They live in San Francisco.

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Booklist Review

For all women under or facing 30, and needing assurance, this is the book they need to read. Dockett and Beck have culled experiences from more than 30 women into a book that explores the periods of reflection, examination, anxiety, and refocusing that millions of women face at that time. Women from the San Francisco Bay area verbalize the fears and concerns of women all over. It is a funny, touching, and insightful look at accomplishment, work, love, and self-acceptance. The combination of personal anecdotes and researched, psychological studies make the book entertaining and also resourceful. Women readers may well try this book before they try therapy. Includes bibliographic references for those interested in women's studies. --Ellie Barta-Moran